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Public sector workers are currently negotiating for base pay increment for 2023.
There has been some engagement between labour Unions and Government which did not yield any conclusive result.
Labour unions started from 140% base pay increment whilst Government started from 5%, the negotiations went further with Government offering 15% and Labour Union demanding 60%.
The very last meeting held on Wednesday, 23rd November, 2022 ended with government offering 18% and Labour Unions demanding 65%.
65% due to the increase in VAT and other Taxes which were featured in the 2023 Budget. Labour Union Moves Base pay Negotiations to 65%
There hasn’t been any Official meeting after the 23rd November meeting but information trending all over indicates the acceptance of 21% Base pay increment plus COLA for 2023.
TUC has not issued any official Communique with regards to the figures being mentioned.
There hasn’t been any official meeting so far to confirm the figures.
On 6th January, 2023 the Fair wages and Salary Commission Sent another invitation letter to the representatives of the Government Team and Labour Unions/Associations, inviting them for Base pay negotiation Today 10th January, 2023 at 2:00 pm at the
Ministry of Health (Conference Room).
Todays meeting outcome
Information reaching seekersnewsgh indicates Salary negotiation ended behind closed doors with government side standing at 21% with cola while organized labour stood at 36% with cola scrup off pending approval from government side . Closed door meeting
What transpired at the meeting
The meeting started with a word of prayer
from a member from organized labour
A recap was made with regards to the 18 and 58% respectively
The labor minister was not happy about the way the negotiation is taking too much many days to come to a conclusion because controller would have to do the inputs and not to make people worse off.
Business of the day
* The Government team without moving from their 18% they asked for an excuse to caucus among themselves.
* Upon their return the Government team moved to 20%
* Organized labor made a point that the 20% was very low therefore we were not going to take it.
* Organized labor then moved from 58 to 50% upon their request that we also move in the face of negotiation.
* On that note the meeting was moved until tomorrow 2pm
Government will however continue to pay COLA until Negotiations are Concluded – Labour Minister
more to come soon
Workers seems divided on the acceptance of the 21% Plus COLA base pay increment.
Some feel it is good whilst others feel even 50% is bad due to the current inflation rate. 50 % Salary increment of Public Sector workers a Wrong Move
”I’d rather they remove the COLA and bargain. I don’t trust them, these guys will take away the COLA in the second quarter of 2023 and we will be back with only the 21 percent”
Some also believe the 21% Plus COLA is intentionally put out there to test workers reaction before any meeting to accept it.
Public sector workers are all wild waiting for updates from TUC.
What will be your take on the 21% Plus COLA?